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Monday - November 20, 2017

"41.8% of job gains come from the expansion of existing businesses, and a whopping 56.3% from the birth of new establishments."

-- Mark Muro and Kenan Fikri, Job Creation on a Budget report for Brookings-Rockefeller, January 2011

Robotics and Unmanned Systems Cluster

tile-roboticsDescription - Major applications exist in container handling, advanced manufacturing and emerging military/port security needs.  Hampton Roads leverages a strong contractor base and research portfolio in both commercial robotics and military unmanned systems technology.  Niche technological capabilities are established in space and surface/under-water technologies.  Cross-cutting synergies are derived from other regional technology clusters in Sensors, Modeling & Simulation, BioScience and Aerospace.

Regional Assets

  • Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Hampton Roads Chapter
  • Major Military and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Installations
  • NASA Langley Research Center
  • Port of Virginia
  • Seven major research colleges and universities
  • U.S. Headquarters of Stihl, Norfolk Southern & Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Business Opportunities

  • Port Security
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Military
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Unattended off-shore energy facilities
  • Maintenance, Repair and Logistics
  • Requirements, Test and Evaluation

Example Company Profiles